Land use and land cover play a significant role as drivers for environmental change. Information on what is changing and where those changes are occurring is essential if we are to improve our understanding of past management practices or policies and respond effectively now and in the future.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) produces nationally standardized land cover change information for U.S. coastal regions. These products provide inventories of coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands (using documented, repeatable procedures), with the goal of monitoring these habitats every five years (1996 to 2010 thus far).
This presentation will provide an overview of the C-CAP data, recent improvements to wetland mapping accuracy, discussion of change trends, and a demonstration of several tools that utilize these data and associated web services.